The KHL is expanding so it wouldn't surprise me to see more players head over there instead of playing here. They offer an *** ton more money.
Obviously we all heard about Kovalchuk. "Retired" from the NHL at age 30, with like 8 years left on his contract, causes the Devils to get penalized every season till like 2021 then goes and announces that he is playing in the KHL for a **** ton more money.
I used to have respect for the guy, but after that I lost it all. Dirtbag move.